Passing the torch in Greenwood

Ensuring that every Good Cheer Fund basket is delivered throughout Johnson County each holiday season takes a monumental organizational effort.

Baskets have to be assembled with canned goods, fresh dairy products and a Christmas turkey. Delivery routes have to be mapped, volunteers must be coordinated, and a schedule of times has to be passed out to drivers.

For more than a quarter of a century, Kenny Swint has taken on the responsibility in Greenwood and northern Johnson County. But now it’s time for him to find someone to take his place.

Over the next two or three years, Swint will move to the background, allowing someone new to step into the role of directing delivery. Longtime Good Cheer Fund volunteer Doug Roller has been chosen as the replacement.

With a few years to learn the system, Roller will spend this holiday season shadowing Swint to learn the ins and outs of delivering 225 baskets to needy families.

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